Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Out Of This World

 The Hambo Hoedown challenge brings us to another dimension with their "Alien Spaceship" digi.  If you didn't get it free for playing along last week, you can buy it from their store here.  The challenge this week is to use dimension on your card.

My card started out as a 4.25 square covered with some SU DSP.  I printed my digi on Gina K PL white and colored with Copics.  I used Spellbinders dies to cut two circles: one from shooting star patterned paper and one from Night of Navy card stock.

I trimmed around the image and attached it to the layered circles with a Wobble; a spring action piece that makes the image wiggle back and forth and up and down!  I tried to provide a link to Amazon, where I originally purchased them, but couldn't find them.

I adhered the layered circles to the top of the card to bring it to a full A2 sized card.  I added the sentiment, also layered on NON cs, and three white star punchies to finish the card.

Off to stamp some more!

Sent With Love

Today's card was made almost entirely of Gina K products.  I used papers, ribbons, and a sentiment from the Sent With Love kit from last January- February(?).

A Cuttlebug embossing folder was used on the Sizzix die cut tag.  The sentiment was stamped and layered on Spellbinders flower die cuts.

This card went together in a matter of minutes- so easy to do when everything comes in a coordinating kit.  I'm asking myself:  why don't I buy these kits more often?

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

May Your Day Be Filled With Sunflowers

 I have discovered a 'new to me' challenge blog called Creative Belli Blog.  You can click on the colored link or you can find them in the left sidebar near the bottom of my blog.  I want to keep an eye out for their next challenge!

In their own words:

The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments!
That would be me on this card and most others that I make!   
The current challenge, #124, is to use gingham: stamped, pattern paper, or ribbon.

My card begins with a PTI card base, topped with a layer of Chocolate Chip card stock, and then a layer of gingham paper, which has been in my Misc. paper drawer forever!

The stamped image and sentiment are from Peddler's Pack. They also have been in my possession forever.  The sunflower is colored in with Copics and matted with Chocolate Chip cs.  I wrapped linen thread around the image panel and tied a button in place.

The dragonfly button covers a smudge (grin!) and the sunflower buttons are part of my forgotten stash that I have had forever!
Off to stamp some more!

Shopping Our Stash: Sassy, Snarky, LOL

             Welcome to a new challenge at Shopping Our Stash!

Challenge 15- August 30 - Sassy, Snarky and LOL- time to dig out those fun sentiments and images!  Or pair something typically not snarky with a sassy saying or maybe you have some funny family pictures that need a fun layout!   Time to put the FUN back in crafting!

Check out what the Design Team has in store for you.  You'll soon be ROTFLYBO!

My card features a stamped image from Hero Arts that has been paper pieced and colored with Copics.  The sentiment (I can hear Lucy's voice, from Charlie Brown fame,) saying these words) is from a TAC set called Laugh Lines.  It's a fun set and I have been tempted more than once this summer to make a card for each snarky sentiment in the set!  It may still happen!

Off to stamp some more!

Party Time Tuesdays Anything Goes Challenge!

Challenge #31 at Party Time Tuesdays is everyone's favorite: Anything Goes!

This week we have a couple of really awesome sponsors!
Chi Chi Memories!
Chi Chi Memories is the labor of love of talented artist and illustrator Natalie Tong. Natalie's background in graphic design has helped her create the very happy world of Chi Chi Memories. Her line of digi images centers around kids Jordy and Candace and their world of animal friends such as Freddie the elephant and Teddy the bear, among others. Natalie's designs are meant to spread happiness and cheer around blogland. You can visit Chi Chi Memories at where you will find the shop (where you can find FREEBIES), the blog and challenges. There is also a Papercraft Planet group for you come share your work with Chi Chi Memories images and chat. Chi Chi Memories is thrilled to be able to sponsor Party Time Tuesdays!

Karens Doodles
Winner chooses 3 digis of your choice
Karen's Doodles creates whimsical digital images & rubber stamps for crafters.  Owned by Karen Johnson, an artist & animator.  Visit her website at

Woodware USA
Our very own NANCY! 
She is providing a stamp set from WoodWare USA!
Woodware USA, LLC is a US based retail subsidiary of Woodware Craft Collection of the UK.  It is our goal to offer creative and fun craft products through our website and distributors. The name Woodware results from the fact that the initial product offering by Woodware Craft Collection was wooden toys. Then they expanded into wooden craft items and eventually wood mounted rubber stamps. Over the years they have expanded their product mix to include all kinds of crafting products from many suppliers and manufacturers.

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for letting the Party Planners work with your
wonderful products!

I'm using a Chi Chi Memories image on my card today.  I colored the sweet elephant pair in with Copics and mounted it on two card stock layers: Pumpkin Pie and Brilliant Blue.  Pumpkin Pie brads are in the four corners.  The festive background papers are from SU's DSP: Jersey Shore.    The seam of the patterned papers is hidden by a strip of rick rack dotted with more brads!  And there are more brads on the sentiment too!  That's 24 brads in all!!!  The most I've ever used on one card!  But that's okay, because this challenge is Anything Goes!

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Crazy For Cupcakes

 I'm craving cupcakes!  But before I take care of that, let me tell you about this card!  Over at There's Magic In The Air, the challenge is called "Three's a Charm".  A birthday card with three ribbons that is.  Different types, different colors, or different ways to use them.  I have ruffled, gingham tied in knots, and grosgrain tied with Baker''s Twine on my card.

Oh, and you can use their free digi: "Flower Cupcake With Butterfly" found here, or you can visit their store, or you can use your own image!  Your choice!  I used their free digi, because it is just so easy to color in with Copics!

Looking from the base of the card to to the top most layers I have:
Base: PTI white
Next layer: SU So Saffron
DSP layer: SU: Georgia Peach
Another So Saffron layer
More Georgia Peach DSP
Ruffled ribbon and grosgrain ribbon tied with Baker's Twine
Regal Rose cut with Spellbinders Labels One
Digi on PTI white, colored with Copics, cut with Spellbinders Labels One
Spellbinders Ribbon Tag with SU sentiment ("Crazy For Cupcakes") stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black (my current 'go to' black)
Gingham ribbon tied in knots and cupcake brad

Now I'm off in search of real cupcakes  (Three's a charm?  Sounds good to me!!

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sparkly Stained Glass

 It's a technique challenge at Come and Get It!  This week the challenge is stained glass.  I went over to SCS to find a tutorial and found one called Sparkly Stained Glass here.  Well I, for one, love sparkles, so I proceeded to gather materials: StazOn ink, acetate, Crystal Effects, and glitter.  I used the single leaf stamp from "Day of Gratitude" (SU).

The most difficult part of this project was waiting patiently (or not!) for the CE to dry!  While waiting, I tried to keep myself busy.  So I cut my card base from Gina K PL ivory.  I cut two Chocolate Chip layers and two layers from Autumn Spice Specialty DSP.  Next I punched scallop circles in: Old Olive, Cajun Craze, More Mustard, and Ruby Red.  I used a Spellbinder die to cut four Chocolate Chip circles.

Checked on the leaves, but not dry yet!  So I put as many of the card the parts together as I could.  Wondered how I would get the acetate circles adhered to the scallop circles and decided to use photo anchors.  Put those in place. Now just needed the acetate pieces.  Not dry yet.  Ate a Rice Krispie bar, checked my email, looked at Google Reader, checked out some auctions on Ebay and made more room on my stamping table.  Good now I have a full 12 inches rather than 6 inches of work space!

Finally the CE/glitter was dry enough to die cut!  Put the acetate circles in place and took a photo or two or twelve!  Please ignore the glare in the photo from the acetate!  This card is very Fall-ish, very sparkly (and so am I!), very done and posted!

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

School Maisie Belle

I'm back with another challenge card for Designed 2 Delight!  This card if for the Friday's Image Challenge.  I played along last week, so I was sent this cute image called: "School Maisie Belle".  Isn't she adorable!?!  If you need the image you can purchase it here.  I colored this cutie in with Copics.

The background DSP is from Darling Doodles (SU).  It was a piece in the package that I never knew what to do with until today!  The colors in the image just seemed to pop against this color and pattern.  I took advantage of the arrows on the printed paper by  punching out three more from Bashful Blue card stock to add to the background.  On one arrow I stamped the word "happy" (SU: For You Phrases) and added it so that it was pointing to her face.  Below the image I stamped "So Proud" (CHN: Making The Grade), because she looks so proud heading off to her first day of school with her hands and pockets filled with supplies.  Off to the side of the image I stamped the sentiment (same CHF set) and cut the words out individually.  I matted them with Bashful Blue before adhering to the card front.

Off to stamp some more!

Christmas For A Child

 The Designer's Challenge at Designed 2 Delight is to make a Christmas card for a child.  I chose a Penny Black image of tumbling gingerbread men and stamped it twice on PTI white card stock.  I colored in the images with Copics and trimmed around the frolicking men.  There are dimensionals behind every other g-man, so the image is popped up in places on the card. I angled the images above and below the sentiment (also PB) on Bella Rose DSP.  A Chocolate Chip layer is between the DSP and PTI white card base.

Off to stamp some more!

Friday, August 26, 2011

I {heart} Third Grade

It's back to school time at Hambo Hoedown! The challenge for this week is to use primary colors: red, blue, and yellow to make a school themed creation.  If you played along last week you received this fun pencil digi, if not, you can purchase it here!

I retired from teaching last spring, but I'll always remember the excitement of new school supplies!  In fact, when I go into stores I still hit the back-to-school aisles just to see what's new and fun!  Nothing beats a brand new box of Crayola Crayons and a handful of newly sharpened pencils!

For my card I bundled three pencil images together and tied them with red Baker's Twine. I added two red paper clips, my third grade stamp, and a mini clip to complete this back to school theme.  The DSP pattern reminded me of plus signs so I had to use it for the background!

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

More Trendy Trees

 I made this card earlier, but didn't get it posted.  I was making it for a sketch challenge, but then in the end it no longer fit the sketch!

The Trendy Trees set from SU is so much fun to use!  You can make these cuties fit any season and it's easy to line up the tree tops and trunks with a Stamp-a-ma-jig.  I went with an autumn color combo by using More Mustard, Cajun Craze and Old Olive.

The multicolored tree was first stamped with More Mustard, then I used markers in Old Olive and Cajun Craze to thump on more color.  I love how some of the individual leaves are now multicolored!

The card base is Crumb Cake with Sweet Pea DSP that coordinates with the stamp set.  Cajun Craze layers are behind the image and DSP.  The images were stamped on PTI white and a cloud stencil was used with Bashful Blue to create the sky.  The "grassy hill" was made with a Sizzix grass die and grass printed paper.  The sentiment stamp by A Muse is my  "fall to"  autumn sentiment!

Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Summer By The Sea

 I thought I would throw one more summertime card into the mix before I continue on with Autumn cards.  Mainly because I did the color challenge at The Outlawz yesterday and we were to use white, blue and sand.  Summer By The Sea from SU immediately came to mind and I chose this little guy building sand castles.

The image was colored with Copics.  The layers are PTI white, Not Quite Navy, and a misc piece of textured "sandy" colored card stock.  The image is popped up over a strip of twill that has been looped at one end.  See how nicely the sentiment fits in the lower corner?  Totally unplanned.  A serendipitous moment , if you will.  Wild me!

The shell in the upper corner is a 3D sticker placed there because there seemed to be too much empty space!  Looking at it, I sometimes  think it works and then sometimes I think it shouldn't be there!  LOL!  What do you think?  No, seriously, what do you think!?!

Off to stamp some more!

Special Delivery

 Take a look at this sweet card!  the top flips up and the bottom folds down!  It was made by Julie at and was sent to me this month with my Copic order.  I just had to share it!

What caught my eye when I pulled it from the package was the too cute clothespin with the gingerbread man.  I'm sure Julie doesn't know that I have a real weakness for anything gingerbread, but I squealed with delight when I saw this!

This totally made my day!

Off to stamp some more!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #14

Come on over to Shopping  Our Stash!

Challenge 14- August 23- Red, Ribbon and Roses-
create something that features any or all of the above!

I used a little bit of each on my card.  Actually as you can see I got quite carried away with this one!  It all started with a card sketch I came across and soon the card had a life of its own!

There are 10+ layers on this one!  PTI white card base, layers of Riding Hood Red, layers of Bella Rose DSP, Nestie layers and the sentiment layer.  Then we have rose stickers and bling, and borders.  Yep, these is red ribbon too, with leaf pins (the ends safely tucked under the ovals!)!  Somewhere tucked in all that there is a red doily!

You get your moneys worth with this one!

Off to stamp some more!

PTT #30

The Party Planners want to challenge you to make your Kiddos, Grandkids, Favorite Teacher or that Special Teacher in your life a card. We want to see those school themed stamps and embellishments put to work!   Please click HERE and you will be taken straight to the PTT blog where you can enter your card via Mister Linky.  Hope to see you there! Our sponsors this week are:
Chi Chi Memories is the labor of love of talented artist and illustrator Natalie Tong. Natalie's background in graphic design has helped her create the very happy world of Chi Chi Memories. Her line of digi images centers around kids Jordy and Candace and their world of animal friends such as Freddie the elephant and Teddy the bear, among others. Natalie's designs are meant to spread happiness and cheer around blogland. You can visit Chi Chi Memories at where you will find the shop (where you can find FREEBIES), the blog and challenges. There is also a Papercraft Planet group for you come share your work with Chi Chi Memories images and chat. Chi Chi Memories is thrilled to be able to sponsor Party Time Tuesdays!   Winner will receive 3 digis of your choice

 Creations By AR

I'm Adela and I live in sunny Southern California with my husband and our two teenage girls! Crafting has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I love to sew, crochet, knit, draw, paper craft, stamp... I love anything related to crafting! With encouragement from many people, my love of paper crafting in 3D has led me to open a website which allows me to share some of my template designs. I feel so blessed and I truly believe that God has given everyone their own special talents and it is our privilege to share it with others.

Winner will receive 2 templates of your choice

  About my card for this challenge:

This adorable image is from our sponsor Chi Chi Memories.  She is printed on PTI white card stock and colored in with Copics.   I used a cloud template and sponged Bashful Blue ink to create that lovely sky.  The branch is from a Cornish Heritage Farm stamp set called The Landing Pad.  I made slits on both sides of each rope and slid the branch through.  I dug through my button jars and found numbers one through seven and created a border across the top of the card.  I rounded the bottom corners of the image, denim background paper and the card base.  Hmmm, this card could easily work for a back to school theme or a birthday card!

Off to stamp some more!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Masculine Birthday Card

This card was made using a free digi at Gingerloft Challenge.    Check it out and join their challenge!  I used it to make a masculine birthday card, which I will be needing in the near future. 

The image was printed on PTI white and colored in with Copics.  Bashful Blue was sponged on using a cloud template.  I cut it out using a Spellbinder circle die and then layered the image on Labels one and three die cuts from Not Quite Navy and Garden Green card stock.  Brads were added to the four corners and then the image panel was popped up with dimensionals.

A Provo Craft die was used to cut the ribbon slide from Garden Green card stock.  The sentiment is from SU's Circle of Friendship and was layered onto Not Quite Navy before added to the ribbon slide.  Navy grosgrain ribbon wraps around the top layers of the Crumb Cake card.

Off to stamp some more!

Stamps R Us: Anything Goes Challenge!

It's time for another challenge at Stamps R Us!  This time we have an Anything Goes Challenge!  This is one of my favorites as we can use some old neglected stamps, or we can use some new stamps, or anything we want, like digis!  Check out the link above to see what the Design Team has come up with for you, and to read about the prize that is being offered for this challenge!

My card uses a "new to me" stamp set that I bought used off someone's blog who was offering some of their used stamps for sale.

The stamp set is from Cornish Heritage Farms: Kim Hugh's Collection (love her whimsical style!) called Spring Trees. As you can see I made mine into Fall trees with the help of plenty of paper piecing after stamping onto various colors and patterns of DSP.

The card base is Crumb Cake with layer of Cajun Craze to add pop behind the image panel.

A Sizzix grass die was used with some DSP to add two patterned layers of grass to the bottom edge of the trees.  I tucked in a row of small mushrooms on the right and a single 'shroom on the left.  There is a "red" squirrel sitting on a tree trunk peeking through the  tall grass.

The layered sentiment (A Muse; my fall to autumn sentiment- hee, hee!) is embellished with a leaf shaped button.

The sky was sponged on using Bashful Blue ink and a sponge dauber.

 I'm also entering this card into There's Magic In The Air for their Let's Make A Scene challenge!

Off to stamp some more!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Happy Haunting Card Candy

These four cards began as a package of card candy that I purchased about two years ago (you can call me hoarder)!  It was time to pull them out, wipe away the drool and use them up!  In fact, a short time later I bought the TAC set Happy Haunting, so I could have these images in my collection.

I found some DSP that I wanted to use (SU: Cast-A-Spell) and a card sketch or two, and got to playing.

The card bases are SU Pear Pizzazz.  The sentiment, which was not from the card candy set, was stamped in black, punched,  layered, embellished, and popped onto the cards with dimensionals.

Off to stamp some more!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Top Flap Joy Fold Card

 This Top Flap Joy Fold card (click on link to SCS for directions) was made for Friday's Freebie Challenge at Designed 2 Delight.  I played last week, so I was sent "Every Flower" for free!  If you want to play along, you can buy the image here!  When you play along and link up your card you get the next week's image free!

I used an alternate version of the Joy Fold card (link above) with my image.  The 3D butterfly stickers keep the card closed, but can easily be opened by lifting the corners from under the popped up stickers.

The image has been colored in with Copics and then mounted onto Chocolate Chip card stock.  The base of the card parts is PTI white.  Good Morning Sunshine DSP is used on the outside and inside panels.  I punched a scalloped border piece and added it to the inside edge before covering the seam with DSP.

The scalloped portion of the card will fold down for an additional sentiment, and the flower panel will lift up for another personal message.  I just love fun folds, don't you!?!

Off to stamp some more!

Thursday, August 18, 2011


The Hambo Hoedown challenge is to use  scoring tools to create lines and designs on your card.  I believe this is the first time I've used my Scor Pal for anything other than scoring the center fold in a card or for making a box/bag.  Gasp!  But I moved forward and created border lines along all four edges and also some diagonal lines near the four corners of the image panel.

Speaking of the image, the geranium digi was free to those who played last week and followed the rules.   If you need the image you can get it here.  And believe me you want this image!  Look at my coloring!  It looks like I know what I'm doing with my Copics.  So easy to color in!  I got some awesomely helpful tips from Jan's Copic tutorials here!  She made me look good using her tutorial and this image!  Thanks Jan!

I can't make a card without embellishments, but wanted to keep this one CAS.  I cut the image and it's mat with a spellbinders label die, and popped this on top of a strip of sheer ribbon.  In the four corners created by the score lines I added bright red rhinestone brads.
Off to stamp some more!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Magenta Carolers

There's a new sketch challenge at Christmas Challenge {with sketches}!  For my card I knew I wanted to use this image from Magenta, so I kept the paper colors and patterns subtle.  Using the Happy Harmony DSP from SU helped me do that.

At the same time, since it is a holiday card, I wanted some sparkle.  So I layered the image with a soft brushed gold metallic paper and used this same paper for two die cut flourishes on the right side corners.  More sparkle was added when I lightly sprayed some gold Smooch Spritz on the image itself. (Doesn't show up in the photo.)  The ribbon used on the horizontal panel and the bow has some gold metallic threads running through it that glitters in the light too!

The image was stamped on PTI white with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Because the image is so very detailed, I used a brayer to ink it up.

Off to stamp some more!


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